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Clayton Kirkpatrick

newspaper executive

Clayton Kirkpatrick, American former newspaper executive. Decorated Bronze Star medal; recipient Elijah Parish Lovejoy award Colby College, 1978; William Allen White award University Kansas, 1977; Fourth Estate award National Press Club, 1979.

Background

Kirkpatrick, Clayton was born on January 8, 1915 in Waterman, Illinois, United States. Son of Clayton Matteson and Mable Rose (Swift) Kirkpatrick.

Education

Bachelor of Arts Illinois, 1937.

Career

Reporter City News Bureau, Chicago, 1938. Member staff Chicago Tribune, since 1938, day city editor, 1958-1961, city editor, 1961-1963, assistant managing editor, 1963-1965, managing editor, 1965-1967, executive editor, 1967-1969, editor, 1969-1979. Vice president Chicago Tribune Company, 1967-1977, executive vice president, 1977-1979, president, 1979-1981, chairman, 1981.

Retired, 1981.

Religion

Everybody can reach the love of God. Salvation is for everyone who turns to God.

Politics

Every human being regardless of its race, gender or sexual orientation should have all human and civil rights.

Views

Church members should meet regularly in order to be accountable to each other about how each person was living the Christian life.

Membership

United States delegate 19th General Conference, United Nations Educational, Nairobi, 1976. Life trustee Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. Trustee Robert R. McCormick Trusts, 1976-1990.

With United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Member Chicago Club, Tavern Club, Commercial Club, Glen Oak Country Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi.

Connections

Married Thelma Marie De Mott, February 13, 1943 (deceased December 1998). Children: Pamela Marie Kirkpatrick Foy, Bruce, Eileen Bea Kirkpatrick Vaughan, James Walter.

father:
Clayton Matteson Kirkpatrick

mother:
Mable Rose (Swift) Kirkpatrick

spouse:
Thelma Marie De Mott

child:
Pamela Marie Kirkpatrick Foy Kirkpatrick

child:
Bruce Kirkpatrick

child:
Eileen Bea Kirkpatrick Vaughan Kirkpatrick

child:
James Walter Kirkpatrick